Posted on August 19th, 2017 - Fiona
A new sand pit has been a project I’ve had on the back burner all summer. Finally with the school holidays approaching and all our holiday cottages and lodges full I managed to bring this fun outdoor project to the top of Farmer Nick’s to do list. I have a full post to follow on the project and what this new feature replaced. However for today I wanted to major on the excitement of the sandpit contents. We have 5 shiny new mini diggers thanks to our play expert friends at Big Game Hunters. No sooner had the mini diggers been assembled and added to the giant sand pit than the children appeared creating imaginary games and digging for gold. If you have ever been to an adventure play park and seen the industrial version of these little diggers you’ll know what a draw they are for little ones. Personally I have lost count of the hours I have sat admiring growing mounds of sand and arbitrating over whose turn it is. If only we had these wonderful little diggers ourselves back then.
They have only been in for a week and already they have hardly been out of use. With the showery weather this month, having another undercover play area has been most welcome and very timely. I think this is going to be as popular with the preschool children in September as it has been for the school kids in August.
Mini diggers in a newly completed sandpit
Digging for gold in imaginary play
Building holiday friendships alongside sand mountains
If you have a sandpit in the garden I can thoroughly recommend one of these little diggers. At just £22.95 they are an affordable summer fun. For more on how we built the sandpit watch out for my upcoming post.
Posted on August 14th, 2017 - Fiona
We love the fun ideas that pop up over at Prezzybox. If you are ever stuck for that awkward present to buy there is inspiration to be found there. Many of their gifts can be personalised and are quite unique meaning you can have that thoughtful present at the click of a button. This latest comic cushion is a great example. We have been testing out one branded as Coombe Mill but you can make yours bespoke to your recipient.
What we thought of the Comic Cushion
As soon as ours arrived, my kids instantly wanted one with their own names on. Given they are teenagers and impossibly hard to buy for at birthdays and Christmas I am keeping this as a serious idea. We are really impressed with the size and quality of the cushion. The colours are fixed as shown but they are eye catching and fun reminiscent of any good comic magazine. We showed it to some of our guests and they wanted one too, this cushion is seriously popular!
Our cushion has been placed in the Reading Snug in our Polzeath Holiday Lodge. It is super soft and comfy and ideal for our holiday makers to snuggle down with a book for some quiet time, or to read their favourite comic of course!
Need to Know Facts for the Comic Cushion
||Personalised to any name. Be careful on a long name, you’ll notice Coombe Mill stretches around the side making it harder to read than a shorter name.
||Faux soft suede
|| Blue dotted back and front with front bang pop out in red and yellow
||5.0cm x 45.0cm x 45.0cm
||Zip up Size
Win your Personalised comic Cushion from Prezzybox and Coombe Mill
For your chance to win one of these fun comic cushions printed with the name of your choice simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
We were sent our Coombe Mill cushion for the purpose of this review however all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Posted on August 7th, 2017 - Fiona
Here at Coombe Mill we love a bit of fun and folk law. Recently we have been studying Cornish Pixies with the guests and the children loved the concept. I had a feeling the mythical yeti or abominable snowman would be equally popular in the fun game of yeti in my spaghetti from University Games. The Yeti is from the folk law of Nepal. He lives in the mountains and eats anything. In this crazy sounding game the yeti loves spaghetti. Read on to see how to play and win yourself this fun filled game.
How to play
Simply arrange the spaghetti over the plastic bowl in a messed up style and then balance the toy Yeti on the top. Each player takes it in turns to pull a strand of spaghetti out from underneath the yeti, being careful not to disturb him, or worse still see him tumble into the bowl and end the game.
What we thought
This game is fun and uncomplicated for children from age 3 upwards. That said it requires patience, dexterity and the ability to take turns. Our little ones thought it was great fun and played several rounds once they got the hang of it. It would be a good one to practice around the time of learning to write as it is great for developing fine motor skills.
Need to Know
||age 3 upwards
||Bowl, spaghetti pieces, yeti, instructions
||2 or more
Win your Yeti in my Spaghetti game from University Games and Coombe Mill
For a chance to win this fun filled game for your child to enjoy simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
Yeti in my Spaghetti
We were sent our copy of the Yeti in my Spaghetti game for the purpose of this review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Posted on July 31st, 2017 - Fiona
For animal lovers everywhere there is a new series of books, from Quarto Kids in association with the Natural History Museum, that lets kids get creative with stickers whilst learning about their favourite animals and their environment. Having looked at previous books with colour in activities, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on the new sticker art additions and offer a set out for you to win too.
A take on Colour by Number
Do you remember those colouring books of yesteryear where a picture came to life following the colouring in instructions? They were a love of mine as a child, so much so I turned colour by number into colour by nature on a few of our activity afternoons here on the farm. Matching colours with nature we learned about colour matching and nature.
It seems I’m not the only one remembering colour by nature, Quarto have turned it into sticker by number as a fun way to recreate the wonderful animals of the ocean, savannah, woodland and jungle.
What we thought of the sticker art colour by number books
Each sticker art book has a sticker by number animal to make from stickers in the back of the book. Flip the page over and see the animal you should have made, and then read all about them in a fun few paragraphs of interesting text. The books are educational, fun and good quality; everything we have come to expect from Quarto. At only £5.99 a book they make a great pocket money purchase or birthday present for a classroom friend that any parent would approve of.
Check out our 1 minute video of how to create your sticker by number picture.
Need to know facts
|Books in the Series
||Quarto Kids in association with the National History Museum
||Craig Redman & Karl Maier
|Type of book
||Non Fiction, paperback, activity
||£5.99 per book
Quarto online shop
Win your Sticker art series of 4 books with Quarto and Coombe Mill
For your chance to win all 4 of these lovely sticker art books simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
Natural History Museum Sticker Art Books
We were sent our copies of the books for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Posted on July 24th, 2017 - Fiona
With a large family we can pile through yogurt here each week. I love the plain Greek yogurt for cooking and making dips and the traditional Greek dish Tzatziki and the kids love the flavoured yogurts as snacks after school. I have always fancied making my own yogurt but had no idea where to begin. Growing the pro-biotic culture and managing this safely has always put me off trying. Then I discovered EasiYo which does what it says in the name – it allows you to make yogurt at home the easy way. No mess, no ingredients needed, just add water and wait. Bingo, I had to give it a go and you can too by entering to win an EasiYo yogurt maker and two complimentary sachets of flavoured yogurt to get you started. Read on to find out more.
EasiYo really is so simple you’ll be amazed
Follow the carefully written instructions to ensure you have your water in the correct quantities and the correct temperature and the rest is easy peasy. This would be a great activity to do with children. They will love making it with you and it stores in the fridge just like fresh yogurt bought at the supermarket.
Check out my under 1 minute video to making super quick super easy yogurt.
What we thought of the yogurt maker and yogurt
To be fair I say super quick as the involvement in making it is just minutes. However it does need to set for 8 – 12 hours before it is ready to eat so you need to prepare this one in advance. We made ours in the evening and left it to set overnight. The yogurt takes on a set consistency at first; we stirred ours to give a creamy smooth consistency very like Greek yogurt. We tested the mango and coconut first which I liked but the kids didn’t like the bits of coconut in it. They loved the raspberry and lemon which is completely smooth. There are variety of flavours to choose from when you buy the sachets so there is one for everyone.
Need to know facts
No moving or electronic parts
Easy to clean and store.
|RSP Yogurt maker||£16.75|
|RSP yogurt sachets|
1kg £2.60 – £.330
3*500g sachets £4.99 – £5.75
Variety of flavours
All are gluten free with no artificial colours or flavours
EasiYo on line shop
Holland & Barrett
Win your EasiYo Yogurt maker & Two Sachets with Coombe Mill
If you fancy making yogurt yourself with EasiYo then why not enter to win here. Just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
EasiYo Yogurt Maker and 2 Yogurt sachets
I was sent my EasiYo yogurt maker for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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